Feds Seek Stay of Anti-Terrorism Law Ruling in NYC
The federal government asked a judge on Friday to suspend a ruling that bars enforcement of an anti-terrorism law that she called unconstitutional in its provisions for indefinite military detention.
The law allows detention of people suspected of “substantially” or “directly” providing support to groups such as al-Qaida or the Taliban. Some journalists, scholars and political activists sued over the law, saying they feared they could end up being held for exercising First Amendment rights.
Government lawyers called such concerns unfounded, but U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said in her ruling Wednesday that she found them legitimate.
In court papers filed Friday, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan asked for a stay of the decision while the government appeals.